Throughout Israel partygoers celebrat the new year; pictures of celebrations throughout the world; more subdued atmosphere in Europe due to security concerns.
General Electric announced Thursday that it had won a contract worth nearly $1 billion from the Saudi Electricity Company to build and supply a power plant in northern Saudi Arabia. Under the contract, the US industrial giant will build the Waad Al Shamal combined-cycle power plant and provide four advanced gas turbines, a steam turbine and turbine maintenance services. Waad Al Shamal will serve phosphate mining operations in an area of Saudi Arabia that the government has targeted for industrial development, GE said in a statement.
The US Justice Department arrest a man who planned to attack a restaurant in upstate New York on New Year’s Eve; he is charged with providing material support to ISIS.
While most people’s wages remain frozen, Members of the Knesset, the president and judges will receive a bigger-than-expected pay bump as of Friday, coming out at an extra 1,600 – 2,300 NIS extra per month. Some MKs have already indicated that they will not accept the pay rise.
Nigeria said it was expecting telecoms giant MTN to meet a deadline for paying a record $3.9 billion fine which expires Thursday, despite the South African operator challenging the penalty in court. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country's telecoms regulator, had in October fined the firm for missing a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered SIM cards, citing security concerns in a country plagued by frequent kidnappings and an extremist Islamist insurgency Boko Haram.
By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s Education Ministry has ruled against the inclusion of a novel about a romance between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man in the Hebrew high school curriculum because it feared it could raise tensions among pupils, an official said on Thursday. Israeli media said some teachers requested Dorit Rabinyan’s novel, “Borderlife”, be included in the high school curriculum but a ministry official said a committee rejected the book, as it could push up already high Jewish-Arab tension. “The book could incite hatred and cause emotional storms (in the classroom),” Dalia Fenig, who headed the ministry committee that decides which literary works are on the curriculum, told Israel’s Army Radio.
Iran denied on Thursday that its Revolutionary Guards launched rockets near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf on Saturday and condemned U.S. plans for new sanctions over its ballistic missile program. The dispute comes after Iran and six world powers, including the United States, reached a deal in July that will remove certain U.S., European Union and U.N. sanctions on Tehran in exchange for Iran accepting curbs on its nuclear program.
Two Israeli Arabs from Jerusalem plotted to plant explosives at Be Center hotel in the southern resort city, targeting religious Jews staying there; vigilant hotel employees reported their suspicious activity, leading to their arrest.